Romance in Sicily
The below itinerary offers both an adventurous and exhilarating trip, as well as a romantic one, for those couples out there looking for some inspiration this summer. Combining the dramatic ancient town of Taormina, on Sicily’s east coast, with the idyllic Aeolian Islands and their gin clear waters, which lie to the north of Sicily, it is an ideal introduction to some of Sicily’s most beguiling destinations.
Days 1 to 3
On arrival in Catania on your direct flight from London, you will be met and transferred by road to Taormina (journey time approximately 45 minutes). The town of Taormina is spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain and is quite rightly one of Sicily’s most popular destinations. Enjoy sweeping views of the coastline and Mount Etna from your hilltop perch. The terrace at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo arguably enjoys one of the best vistas along this coastline and you may find it hard to stir yourself from this spot.
It is well worth it though if you do, as directly behind the hotel sits the majestic, Ancient Greek theatre, which not only makes for a fascinating cultural visit but also plays host to various open-air musical and theatrical performances throughout the summer months. The main street is lined with many a chic boutique and delicious restaurant, with large piazzas and beautiful medieval churches. For the intrepid, we would highly recommend a day trip up the mighty Mount Etna from which the views are, if possible, even more outstanding.
From Taormina you will be transferred by road on the one-hour journey to the port of Milazzo on Sicily’s north coast. From here a hydrofoil will take you on to Salina, one of the beautiful and unspoilt Aeolian Islands.
Capofaro Resort sits on a clifftop looking directly out to sea on the lush green island of Salina. Rooms here are housed within simple white-washed buildings and the style is minimalist Mediterranean chic throughout. Although greener than its neighbours, Salina does still retain the dramatic volcanic landscape that is characteristic of these parts and hiring a moped for the day to explore the island will show you this first-hand. Alternatively, for a different perspective, we would highly recommend taking a boat out for the day and dipping into the many hidden coves.
Days 5 to 7
Connected by the regular hydrofoil service, each of the seven Aeolian Islands has its own unique character and appeal. Vulcano has an almost lunar landscape and it is possible to walk right up to the crater’s edge or alternatively, at sea level, have a soak in the natural mud baths which are said to cure many an ailment.
The tiny island of Panarea has just one main settlement and the roads aren’t wide enough to take cars so it’s either moped or donkey transport here. It is also home to the famous Raya nightclub and beautiful Cala Junco Bay where the beach is surrounded by volcanic rock walls.
Finally let’s not forget the rumbling Stromboli, which is dominated by an active volcano and plays host to a fantastic ‘fireworks’ display with its regular eruptions. Wherever you are in these beautiful islands you can be sure of crystal-clear water that lends itself ideally to fantastic swimming and snorkelling.
From Salina, the journey back to Catania airport can be quite lengthy, with the hydrofoil back to Milazzo followed by a transfer of just over one hour to Catania. You might, therefore, find a stop en-route for lunch or a drink along the coast would be welcome, either way we would be delighted to make any suggestions for you to make your holiday last right up to the final moment.